The concept of neurodiversity emphasizes brain differences over brain deficiencies. Because brains do not always work the same way does not mean they are “broken” or “wrong.” For example, people with ADHD may struggle to manage time and stay focused, but they often have high levels of creativity and great passion for new ideas. When we understand the diversity within the human brain, we can better tap into a range of gifts and opportunities that would be unavailable to us if we adhered to a single view of what “healthy brain” means.
In our mental health treatment program, we believe it is important to recognize neurodiversity as something separate from a mental health disorder. It is also crucial to take that neurodiversity into account when treating our clients. To learn more about how TruHealing Centers treat mental health diagnoses while remaining aware and respectful of neurodivergent brain processes, call 833.631.0525 or contact us via our online form.
Neurodiversity and Mental Health Disorders
It is desirable and normal for there to be a variation in cognitive functioning among humans. This diversity expands human capability and understanding. Thus, dyslexia or autism can be viewed as examples of neurodivergent cognitive expression.
It is critical to understand that there are also mental disorders that do not fall under the umbrella of neurodiversity. PTSD, for example, does not represent divergence but damage caused by environmental factors.
To grapple with mental disorders while acknowledging and valuing neurodiversity, a simple way to think about this continuum is that most mental health diagnoses exclude natural, in-born brain variations. Thus, PTSD or an anxiety disorder are considered mental disorders to be treated, whereas ADHD or autism are neurodivergent. People with neurodivergent processing may require or benefit from educational and other support to function within our systems, but they do not require healing.
In this view, however, someone who is neurodivergent can also have a mental health disorder that requires treatment. These oversimplified distinctions are not hard and fast but reveal some of the factors considered by those who treat mental health disorders.
Mental Health Treatment at TruHealing Centers
The intersection of mental health challenges, neurodiversity, and addiction can create challenges for those in recovery. For clients who experience a crisis brought on by mental health disorders, TruHealing Centers offer intensive inpatient mental health therapy. Our professional mental health clinicians are adept at addressing chronic and acute mental health issues and sensitive to the range of neurodivergent brain processes that can affect such challenges.
In our residential mental health treatment programs, clients experience:
- A safe, comfortable, non-hospital setting in which to work with a therapist
- Expert treatment that can address co-occurring disorders, such as an addiction that exists alongside a mental health disorder
- A chance to begin healing during a crisis or in response to one that has impeded recovery
- Mental health therapy that helps clients develop skills and strategies to manage triggers and stressors that exacerbate symptoms
- Medication management of a mental health diagnosis, if appropriate and recommended
Medication management is a part of a larger whole. For those who need it, medication is a vital part of a comprehensive and collaborative care system. Psychiatric care from a doctor or psychiatric nurse practitioner is available 24/7 at TruHealing Centers. A team of therapists, psychiatrists, and others in supportive and healing roles will take your mental health, substance use, and medical histories, evaluate your therapeutic needs, and begin treating your mental health symptoms. Medication management is included in the process of pinpointing the treatment that is best for you.
Embrace Neurodiversity Today at TruHealing Centers
To learn more about how TruHealing Centers residential mental health treatment programs can help you or someone you care about, don’t hesitate to reach out today. You can use our online form to receive a prompt response, or you can simply pick up the phone and call 833.631.0525. We look forward to talking to you.